B. June 27, 1933
D. January 10, 2022
Sidney W. Berke died peacefully in his sleep at 11:08am on the morning of January 10, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lois R. Berke; his children, Robert Berke (Lorena Espinoza) and Alice Berke (Adam Dunn); his four grandchildren, Rebeccah, Emily, Benjamin, and Nakayla; and his two beloved yorkies, Belle and Buddy.
Why did you name your dog “buddy,” dad?
Because he’s my little buddy!
Sidney, who remained a licensed attorney until his death, was retired from a career in public service with his last position being the Director of the Office of Administrative Adjudications for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. He was considered an expert in the field of administrative adjudications and motor vehicle law and had taught, published, and lectured on the subject nationally.
He spent his final years at the Coburg Village Retirement Community where he will be remembered for his love of song and laughter, having been a member of the choraleers and the Tai Chi group until the end. He was a natural tinker and loved “playing in the dirt” in his garden.
Sidney was proud of his service in the United States Army during the Korean War and requested to be buried in a veteran’s cemetery. He will be interred at the Saratoga Veteran’s Cemetery on Friday, January 14, 2022 following a brief memorial and graveside service commencing 2:30pm. The memorial will be live-streamed on youtube at: http://youtu.be/mQXfgKzv47Y
Sidney had always said that he would die with a smile on his face. And he did.